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Malawi Court Says State Cannot Deport al-Qaida Suspects

A court in the southern African nation of Malawi blocked the government Tuesday from deporting five foreigners arrested with help from the CIA on suspicion of helping funnel money to al-Qaida. High Court Judge Healy Potani said the government must charge or release them, opening the possibility the men could be freed at a hearing Wednesday. “I am baffled why the state wants to circumvent procedures and not bring the suspects before the court so that they can be told why they should be deported,” Potani said. Prosecutors said they may have difficulty charging the men since the arrests were based on intelligence provided by the CIA. “As Malawians, we don’t have any file on them, so we can’t charge them with anything,” said Fahad Assani, the director of public prosecutions. “It’s the Americans who have issues with them.” Malawi does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, Assani said. Full Story

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